Fabian M. Suchanek

Full professor
Télécom Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris
“Data, Intelligence, and Graphs” (DIG) team, Office 4C20
19 place Marguerite Perey, 91120 Palaiseau, France

Public key rsa4096/CAA83288

Research Interests

Knowledge Bases, Information Extraction, Semantic Web, Automated Reasoning, Knowledge Mining

Professional Experience

2022 Class A1 full professor at Télécom Paris University, Paris, France
Promotion to top 10% of professors
2016 Full professor at Télécom Paris University, Paris, France
Télécom Paris is part of Institut Polytechnique de Paris, ranked top 50 in the world
2013 Associate professor at Télécom Paris University, Paris, France
2012 Junior research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
2010 Postdoctoral Researcher (reporting to Dr. Serge Abiteboul) at INRIA Saclay, Paris region, France
2009 Visiting Researcher (reporting to Dr. Rakesh Agrawal) at Microsoft Research in Mountain View, CA, USA


2014 French Habilitation (HDR), Sorbonne University, Paris, France
2014 German Habilitation (Venia Legendi), Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2008 PhD in Computer Science (supervised by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Weikum), Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany
2005 Master of Science in Computer Science, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
2003 Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany


2022French Open Science Award
2021Best paper award of ESWC 2021
2018Test of Time Award” of The Web Conference (WWW 2018), for our work on YAGO
2018 Best research paper nominee of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2018)
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Top-evaluated lecture in the master’s program “Data&Knowledge”
2018Second top-evaluated lecture in the master’s program “Data&Knowledge”
2017 Prominent Paper Award of the Artificial Intelligence Journal
2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award of the Int. Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2014)
2014 Best Reviewer Award of the PIKM 2014 workshop, out of 23 reviewers
2013 Top 3 lecture in terms of teaching quality in Computer Science at Saarland University
2013 Best student paper award at the World Wide Web conference (WWW 2013)
2012 Best paper runner up of the Conference on Empirical Methods in NLP (EMNLP 2012)
2011 Best demo award at the World Wide Web conference (WWW 2011)
2010 Honorable Mention of the SIGMOD Dissertation Award
2010 Otto Hahn Medal, awarded to 30 PhD graduates each year in the Max Planck Society
2005 Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the PhD
2005 Günter Hotz Award, awarded to 3 out of ca. 250 Computer Science graduates at U Saarland


Year Grantor Project Name Topic Role Funding
2021Hi Paris(PhD scholarship)Rule MiningAdvisor150k €
2020DataIAOTELOSpeech analysisContributor150k €
2018Télécom Paris(PhD scholarship)Explainable AIAdvisor100k €
2017ENS Lyon(PhD scholarship)Knowledge basesAdvisor100k €
2017ANRDirtyDataMachine LearningContributor500k €
2016ENS Cachan(PhD scholarship)Rule miningAdvisor100k €
2016DigiCosmeMetaCogBrain imagingContributor125k €
2016ANRDICOSSchema mining PI250k €
2014 DigiCosmeSEDAInformation ExtractionPI250k €
2010MPG/Otto HahnOntologies GroupKnowledge BasesPI<320k €
ANR = Agence Nationale de Recherche, the French National Research Agency
PI = I am the principal investigator; Advisor = the student competed for the funding, I advise the PhD

Students, engineers, and postdocs

Deep Learning
Rule Mining
NoRDF project
OTELO project
I have also been a reviewer or examinator for the following doctoral theses: Ndapandula Nakashole (2012, Saarland University), Bilyana Taneva (2013, Saarland University), Simon Razniewski (2014, University of Bolzano), Benjamin Roth (2014, Saarland University), Ioana Ileana (2014, Télécom Paris University), Davide Mottin (2015, University of Trento), Arnab Dutta (2015, University of Mannheim), Julien Corman (2015, Toulouse University), Erdal Kuzey (2017, Saarland University), Dimitra Papadimitriou (2017, University of Trento), Abdelfettah Feliachi (2017, Université Paris-Est), Amit Gupta (2017, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Paul Lagrée (2017, Université Paris-Sud), Vasilis Efthymiou (2017, University of Crete), Toni Grütze (2018, University of Potsdam), Benjamin Spencer (2018, University of Oxford), Matteo Lissandrini (2018, University of Trento), Subhi Issa (2019, CNAM), Emir Muñoz (2020, University of Galway), Shikhar Vashishth (2020, IIT Bangalore), Enhui Huan (2021, Ecole Polytechnique), Naser Ahmadi (EURECOM, 2021), Paweł Guzewicz (2021, INRIA), Mohammed Saeed (EURECOM 2022).

I have also been a habilitation reviewer for Konstantin Todorov (2020, University of Montpellier).

Scientific profile

My main scientific project is the YAGO knowledge base. The original paper from 2007 has attracted more than 4000 citations so far. The knowledge base is used in numerous projects around the world, among others DBpedia and the IBM Watson Project. The knowledge base is continuously being developed, with half a dozen follow-up publications.

I have since advanced also into the application, the mining, and the maintenance of knowledge. Therefore, a large part of my citations come from publications in very diverse areas: information extraction, Web services, watermarking of knowledge bases, information retrieval, knowledge mining, ontology matching, social tagging, inductive logic programming, efficient querying, computational creativity, data quality estimation, named entity recognition, and medical imaging.

All my publications are available on my homepage.


I teach courses on Information Extraction, Natural Language Processing, Web technologies, and Softskills.
2014 - Teaching at Télécom Paris, France, with 150-200 contact hours per year
2022 Summer school “Artificial Intelligence in Bergen”
2020 Summer school “Data Science and Engineering” at the East China Normal University (remotely)
2019 Summer school “Reasoning Web” at Bolzano University, Italy
2017 One week at Bucharest Polytechnical University, Romania
2016 One course at the RUSSIR Summer school in Saratov, Russia
2013 One course at the Saarland University, Germany
2011 One course at 3 universities in Senegal
All courses are available on my homepage.

Service Activities

2023 Tutorial co-chair of WSDM 2023
2022 External expert for the German Humboldt Foundation
2022 External expert for the German Research Foundation
2022 External expert for the Dutch Research Foundation
2022PC co-chair of the ESWC 2022 conference
2019Jury for a professor position at École Polytechnique, France
2018 Treasurer of the The Web Conference 2019 (WWW 2019)
2017 Co-organizer of the New Researcher Symposium at SIGMOD 2017
2017 Referee for the ERC Consolidator Grants
2016Jury for a professor position at Université de Caen, France
2016 Co-organizer of the New Researcher Symposium at SIGMOD 2016
2015 Demo chair of BDA (French national database conference)
2015 External expert for the Czech Science Foundation
2015 External expert for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
2015 PC co-chair of the Web DB Workshop at SIGMOD 2015
2014 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at NIPS 2014
2013 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at CIKM 2013
2013 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshop at CIKM 2013
2013 Guest editor of a special issue of the Elsevier Journal of Web Semantics
2012 PC co-chair of the Knowledge Extraction workshop at NAACL 2012
2012 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshop at CIKM 2012
2011 PC co-chair of the PhD Workshopat CIKM 2011
I have been reviewing for the following journals and conferences: Machine Learning 2022, LREC 2022, AIML 2021, AKBC 2021, ESWC 2021, VLDB 2020, COLING 2020, AKBC 2020, WWW 2020, SIGMOD 2019, WWW 2019, CIKM 2018, SIGMOD 2018, IJCAI 2018, WWW 2018, EMNLP 2017, ISWC 2017, EMNLP 2016, CIKM 2016, IJCAI 2016, EDBT 2016, ESWC 2016, ICDE 2016, VLDB journal 2016, WWW 2016, WSDM 2016, Communications of the ACM 2016, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology 2015, Journal of Web Semantics 2015, CIKM 2015, ESWC 2015, WSDM 2015, ACL 2014, WSDM 2014, WWW 2013, ESWC 2013, NAACL 2013, Semantic Web Journal 2013, EDBT 2013, ICDE 2013, WSDM 2013, TODS 2013, VLDB 2013, EMNLP 2012, ESWC 2012, ACL 2012, EDBT/ICDT 2012, WSDM 2012, Communications of the ACM 2012, WWW 2012, TKDE 2012, EDBT 2011, TKDE 2011, TODS 2011, Artifical Intelligence journal 2011, BDA 2011, WWW 2011, AAAI 2010, WEBIST 2010, Journal of Web Semantics 2010, Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology 2010, WSDM 2010, ICDE 2010, EACL 2009, ESWC 2008, TKDE 2007, SIGKDD 2006 — plus workshops.

Invited Talks

I have given the following invited talks (seminar = I was the only speaker; invited = there were other invited speakers; keynote = there were non-invited speakers).
2022University of Paris-Saclay/France(seminar)
2022University of Osnabrück/Germany(seminar)
2022INRIA Paris/France(seminar)
2022LinkedIn, San Francisco/USA (remote)(seminar)
2021Megagon.ai (Recruit Group), Mountain View/USA (remote)(seminar)
2021Huawei Paris(seminar)
2021Workshop on Deep Learning for NLP(keynote)
2020French AI conference PFIA(keynote)
2020University of Galway/Ireland(seminar)
2020University College Dublin/Ireland(seminar)
2019Wikimedia Showcase Talk(invited)
2019EDOC Conference, Paris/France(keynote)
2019 50th anniversary of Computer Science in Saarbrücken/Germany (invited)
2019 IBM Almaden, US (seminar)
2019 University of California at Santa Cruz, US (seminar)
2019 INRIA Saclay, for the French minister of defense (invited)
2018 Oxford University, UK (seminar)
2018 Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany (seminar)
2018 École des Ponts et Chaussées, France (invited)
2017 EPFL, Switzerland (seminar)
2017 Wikidata Conference, Germany (keynote)
2017 Bucharest Polytechnical University, Romania (seminar)
2017 Kazan University, Russia (seminar)
2017 Chelyabinsk University, Russia (seminar)
2017 WSDM Cup Workshop (keynote)
2016 Toronto University, Canada (seminar)
2016 Waterloo University, Canada (seminar)
2016 IBM Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Leopoldina Journalist College, Germany (invited)
2016 IBM Almaden, California, USA(seminar)
2016 Facebook, California, USA(seminar)
2016 Apple, California, USA(seminar)
2016 IBM Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany(seminar)
2016 Google Zürich, Switzerland(seminar)
2016 Aalborg University, Denmark(seminar)
2016Wiki Workshop(invited)
2016 French Workshop on Quality of Linked Data(keynote)
2016 Paris 5 University, France (seminar)
2016 SNIPS Seminar on Context-Sensitive Search (invited)
2015 Workshop on Information and Communication Systems(invited)
2015 25th anniversary of the Max Planck Institute, Germany (invited)
2014 KET workshop(keynote)
2015 Central Bank of Brazil(seminar)
2015 University of Bolzano, Italy (seminar)
2014 EGC Conference(keynote)
2014 New York Knowledge Engineering Meetup (invited)
2014 APWeb Conference (invited)
2014 AHA Workshop (invited)
2014 University of Trento, Italy (seminar)
2014 University of Bolzano, Italy (seminar)
2014 East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (seminar)
2014 Stanford, California, USA (invited)
2014 INRA, Paris, France (seminar)
2013 Yahoo Inc., California, USA (seminar)
2013 Google Inc., California, USA(seminar)
2013 Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, California, USA (seminar)
2013 Singapore Management University, Singapore(seminar)
2012 Webdam-Modas Workshop(invited)
2012 WOLE Workshop at ISWC 2012 (keynote)
2011 Gaston Berger University, Senegal(seminar)
2011 Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK(seminar)
2011 University of Grenoble, France(seminar)
2010 SeCo workshop (invited)
2010 University of Bolzano, Italy(seminar)
2010 University of Amsterdam, Netherlands(seminar)
2010 INRIA Saclay, France (seminar)
2010 Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK (seminar)
2010 University of Oxford, UK (seminar)
2009 Politecnico di Milano, Italy (seminar)
2008 Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, California, USA (seminar)
2008 University of Karlsruhe, Germany (seminar)
2008 University of Washington, USA (seminar)
2008 L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany (seminar)
2008 University of Osnabrück, Germany (seminar)
2008 DFKI, Kaiserslautern, Germany (seminar)
In addition, I have given several tutorials at international conferences (WWW 2022, ISWC 2021, VLDB 2021, KR 2021, WWW 2015, VLDB 2014, SIGMOD 2013, ICDE 2013, EDBT 2011, IJCAI 2011, CIKM 2010, DASFAA 2009), mostly about knowledge bases, information extraction, and the Semantic Web.

Organizational Activities

2020 - 2021 Responsible for the PhD track Computer Science at IP Paris
2019 - 2021 Vice-president of the Computer Science Department of IP Paris
2019 - 2021 Responsible for the 9 master’s programs in Computer Science at IP Paris
2019Responsible for the master’s program “DataAI” at IP Paris
2017 - Co-responsible for the Continuing Education program in Data Science at Telecom Paris
2017 - 2018 Responsible for the 21 master’s programs in Computer Science at U Paris-Saclay
2014 - 2016 Co-/Vice-responsible for the 21 master’s programs in Computer Science at U Paris-Saclay
2014 - 2018 Co-responsible for the calendar harmonisation at U Paris-Saclay
2013 - 2020 Responsible of the master’s program “Data & Knowledge” at U Paris-Saclay
2012 - 2013 Representative of the Scientific Staff of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics
IP Paris = Institut Polytechnique de Paris, a compound university that comprises Télécom Paris
U Paris-Saclay = Paris-Saclay University, a compound university that comprised Télécom Paris


German fluent (mother tongue)
English fluent (language of teaching, 1 year in the US)
French fluent (language of teaching, 9 years in France)
Italian good knowledge (8 semesters of study, Unicert 2)
Romanian reasonable knowledge (studying at A2 level)
Spanish rudimentary knowledge (8 semesters of study, Unicert 2, but long ago)
Latin knowledge at homeopathic level (3 years at school, Latinum, very long ago)

Extracurricular Activities

2013 - 2019 Teaching a 6 year dancing course at Télécom Paris, France
2016Teaching a 7 week ballroom dancing class at the American University of Paris
2013 Teaching a 14 week dancing course at the sports center of Saarland University
2010 - 2011 Teaching a 52 week dancing course at Télécom Paris, France
2008 Teaching an 18 week dancing course at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics
2007 Teaching a 10 week dancing course at the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics


I am interested in religion (see my Atheist Bible), university politics (see my blog Fluctuat et Mergitur), ballroom dancing, traveling, global poverty, and internet security.